The Christmas Cocktail Party Menu That’ll Impress Everyone You Invite

Tis the season for merriment, dressing your car up like Rudolph, and finding any excuse to gather your friends around a cozy fire. Hang up some mistletoe, string some twinkle lights, and put on the Santa hat of your choice, it’s time for a Christmas-themed cocktail party.

We have comprised a menu that will make your holiday party merry and bright. Mix and match these recipes to compose your perfect Joyeux Noël feast. Then, put on that tacky Christmas sweater that has been hanging in your closet all year and blast some carols, because it is time to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

It doesn’t matter which recipes you pick because they’re all winners.

Cocktails

These boozy Christmas cocktails are sure to keep your guests’ holiday cheer merry and bright all through the night.

Warm Cider and Rum Punch

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

This recipe combines the classic winter flavors of apple and cinnamon, and is a great way to keep your guests feeling warm under the mistletoe.

Poinsettia Punch

Muy Bueno Cookbook
Muy Bueno Cookbook

This cheery cocktail recipe is as bright as the seasonal flower it is named after.

This fizzy punch combines the flavors of cranberry, orange, and champagne. It is the perfect way to celebrate the winter season.

Sugar Cookie Martini

Crazy For Crust
Crazy for Crust

Set up a bar area with a shaker, your chilled ingredients in an ice bucket, fresh ice for mixing, and this recipe. Your guests will be able to help themselves and learn how to make a delicious new drink.

Maybe this year treat Santa to a Sugar Cookie Martini?

Mocktails

These booze-free Christmas cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate this holiday season.

Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

Cranberry and cinnamon pair up in this recipe to keep your guests warm while they roast chestnuts by the fire.

Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch

Natasha's Kitchen
Natasha’s Kitchen

Your guests will gleam over this frothy mixture of raspberry and pineapple.

This colorful punch recipe is a celebration in itself and will have your friends singing “Mele Kalikimaka.”

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Olivia's Cuisine
Olivia’s Cuisine

This spicy and sweet hot chocolate recipe is the perfect “cup of cheer” to ensure that your guests have a holly, jolly Christmas this year.

Appetizers

Decide what your guests will snack on as they mingle and jingle.

Pick one or pick all three, you can’t go wrong with these recipes.

Roasted Cauliflower and Sesame Spread

Food & Wine
Food and Wine

This recipe is a twist on hummus, but instead of chickpeas, roasted cauliflower is the main ingredient in this delicious dip.

All I want for Christmas is this dip on pita chips.

Mushroom and Herb Crostini

Food Network
Food Network

Gruyere, mushrooms, and Tamari  make this crostini recipe the best way to get your guests’ appetites going.

Each crostino is packed with umami flavors that will have your guests “rockin’ around the Christmas tree.”

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Onion Galette with Stilton

Food Network
Food Network

This recipe is a show-stopper in appearance and in flavor. Sweet and savory flavors contrast with the bite from the Stilton cheese to create this divinely rustic pie.

Main Courses

These main dish recipes are still refined enough to be the main attraction to your Christmas cocktail party, without all the stress of baking a whole bird.

You won’t have to save the neck for cousin Eddie, because there’s no turkey here.

Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

Cook and Kate
Cookie and Kate

Warm and hearty, this soup recipe will tantalize the taste buds of your most carnivorous friend.

A bowl of this robust soup would have even warmed old Ebenezer’s heart.

Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce

Cooking Channel
Cooking Channel TV

Beef tenderloin gets a holiday makeover with fresh green herbs in this recipe.

Topped with a tangy horseradish cream sauce, this main dish will leave your guests walking in their own winter wonderland of flavor.

Mustard-Crusted Rack of Pork

Midwest Living
Midwest Living

This mustard-crusted rack of pork recipe is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

With scents of garlic, herbs, and Dijon mustard, this recipe will make sleigh bells ring and children sing.

Side Dishes

Everyone knowns that side dishes rule the holiday season, and these recipes are no exception.

Each recipe is pretty easy to make, all of them are delectable, so make just one or make them all, whatever you choose will leave your guests elated.

Arugula, Fennel, and Orange Salad

Williams-Sonoma
Williams-Sonoma

Oranges are often placed in Christmas stockings to symbolize gold and wealth.

This recipe combines oranges with arugula and fennel to create a peppery punch of a salad.

Roasted Beet Jewels with Cranberries, Pecans, and Balsamic Butter

Six Burner Sue
Six Burner Sue

I feel like beets don’t get the attention they deserve, but in this recipe, they almost steal the show.

Savory and slightly sweet, beets pair well with cranberries, pecans, and balsamic butter in this stunning side dish.

Parsnip Gratin with Turmeric and Cumin

NY Times
NYT Cooking

This rich and creamy recipe combines the flavors of turmeric, cumin, and parsnips.

It will warm up your mouth, because, “Baby, it’s cold outside.”

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

“You better not pout, you better not cry,” because the best parts of any cocktail party are the desserts and the drinks.

We have found three dessert recipes that will be sure to keep you on the Nice List, while making you feel a little naughty.

Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle

Love, Life, and Sugar
Life, Love & Sugar

Winter flavors of store bought gingerbread cookies combine with molasses and caramel, this decadent treat is the best way to end your party on a sweet-note.

Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

This four ingredient cookie recipe, combines store bought puff pastry with chocolate and cinnamon.

This is a great treat to the end any meal and leave your guests having a merry little Christmas night.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cake

Blahnik Baker
Blahnik Baker

This cake recipe combines the sense of crisp snowfall, with peppermint, and silky white chocolate.

Your guests will think they’ve wandered off on a culinary adventure into the Candy Cane Forest.

This menu is guaranteed to create the perfect Christmas cocktail party. Cheers to the Christmas season and always remember The Code of the Elves.

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